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Am I Ready for Online?

You may wonder if you are ready for online learning?

If you’re interested in the idea of online learning, but you still aren't sure if online learning is the right solution for you, think about what it offers. You know it's convenient, you know it can offer a quality learning experience, and you know it provides flexibility for you to complete your coursework anytime, day or night.

But you may wonder if you can really succeed without being in a traditional, face-to-face classroom setting. There are many ways to determine if you can complete your education and obtain the skills you need to obtain a job, upgrade skills, or be promoted into a new position at your workplace. With online learning there are multiple avenues to receive a quality education.

Online Learning Self-Assessment

Do online courses fit your learning style? Some people learn better by face-to-face interaction. The primary sources of directions and information in online courses are textual materials (either on paper or on the computer).

Some students prefer the independence of online courses; others find it uncomfortable. While you have greater freedom of scheduling, they require more self-discipline than on-campus courses. The individual student must take responsibility for regularly contacting other students and the instructor.

It is a common misconception that online courses are less time-consuming than on-campus classes. Online courses require at least as much time to be dedicated by the student as on-campus courses. Typically successful students report having spent more time — not less — than for a regularly scheduled class.

There are many sites that allow you to check to see if you are ready for online learning. To check that you are ready for online learning, take the online learning self assessment quiz.

HCTC has developed a specific Distance Learning Readiness Assessment that can further assess your readiness for online. You can print this out and take at your leisure and report your score. You may have deeper discussions with your advisor or instructor about the topics and your score.